President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the committee on tripartite national minimum wage.
The committee headed by former minister of housing and urban development Amal Pepple comprises representatives of government both federal and state, as well as key private sector players including leaders of the various Labour Unions in the country.
In his remarks during the inauguration held at the council chambers of the presidential villa in Abuja, president Buhari urged members of the national minimum wage committee to ensure that the outcome of their deliberations is consensual and generally acceptable.
The president who acknowledged that the current minimum wage instrument has since expired noted that there is need for a review which led to the setting up of the minimum wage committee.
Minister of Labour and employment Chris Ngige assured the president that the committee which he described as a good blend will carry out their deliberations in line with the international labour organization, ILO, standards of collective bargaining and social welfare.
The organised labour had proposed an upward review of the national minimum wage from the current eighteen thousand naira to fifty six thousand naira.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba told state house correspondents that labour’s initial proposal may be further reviewed in view of the fact that economic variables have since changed.
Recommendations made by the national minimum wage committee will be drafted as an executive bill and forwarded to the national assembly for consideration and passage into law.